Product Type: Eddingtons Ltd household products
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Go bananas you cheeky monkey
Member Name: cookie9
Advantages: No more crushed banana in the bottom of the bag
Disadvantages: Can be a bit stiff at first
In an effort to be budget conscious I have started to make packed lunches for my husband as I am also on a health kick these often include a piece of fruit. I love my husband but he does pack a lot into his backpack for work. Not once but twice He has left the banana in the bottom of the backpack. Having to clean out the backpack of crushed banana has resulted in severe cursing. As a result I decided bananas were a banned substance!
My saviour however came in the form of the banana guard. I saw them at a friends who got hers from Lakeland. Not having a Lakeland near me my mother kindly bought ne on my behalf and sent it to me. As she gift wrapped it for my husband he was a it concerned what it could be when he saw the shape of it! Once opened I explained that it was to protect his lunchtime banana.
So what does it look like? Well it looks a lot like a large curved banana and it naturally yellow in colour. The shape is designed to fit most shapes of banana. From my personal experience I have yet to find a banana that cant be put into the guard. There are a number of small air holes along the side of the guard which allow the banana to breathe so it doesn't go black faster.
The guard is hinged and opens from the side. I found the guard a little stiff to open at first but now I can open it more easily and feels secure once closed. My husband has successfully left the guard at the bottom of the backpack with lots of heavy items on top of it and it has survived well. The banana inside has been undamaged. No more mashed banana for me to clean out of the backpack is a great result.
This does look a bit of a novelty item but I have found it to be really useful. I have used in for bananas but in addition I have also put grapes in it successfully. Once I am back at work I I tend to get one for myself as I enjoy a banana and they are a good source of potassium.
So now hopefully I have convinced you about the usefulness of the guard you will want to know how much nit costs. Lakeland sell them for around £5 but also available from Amazon. I would happily double that to avoid having to clean out my husbands backpack again. The only disadvantage to the banana guard is that my husband is embarrassed by it and doesn't want anyone at his work to see it so he quickly sneaks the banana out.
Summary: A handy item for pack lunchers everywhere